ANDREW BELSER   Director & Producer

Director & Producer

ANDREW BELSER is Director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator at Penn State, a studio/laboratory where artists and designers join with scientists, writers, philosophers and others to research and create artistic projects for national/international venues. He is also a Professor of movement, voice and acting in the MFA Performance program at Penn State University.  His current research interests include the integration of neuroscience and neurophysiology into actor training. In addition to teaching this work through professional workshops, his book The Performer’s Field Guide to Applied Neuroscience linking this research with creative practice will be published by Routledge in early 2018.

Andy was the founding Artistic Director of The Gravity Project, a professional theatre company, international performance research center, and new work incubator.  Belser’s teaching and professional directing career has centered on movement forms, voice/breath work, interdisciplinary theatre approaches, solo work and most recently on translating neuroscience for performers. He has directed over 75 theatre productions and maintains an active schedule of tutorials, master classes, and workshops guiding professional actors toward deeper work through an innovative synthesis of: movement, breath, and voice work; attention to seeing, spatial perception, and aligning performance with situated cognition.

Andy is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and is also a certified teacher of Open Source Forms® (Skinner Releasing heritage) and a certified teacher of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®. Andy has extensive experience with other movement forms, including: Contact Improvisation, Lecoq, and Butoh. He was a Doris Duke Fellow in the Amherst Wilder Foundation’s Shannon Leadership Program, and he has served on the selection team for the Fulbright International Senior Specialist program. Belser was awarded the 2003 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

AMY LOREK  Director of Community Engagement

Director of Community Engagement

AMY LOREK is a research associate at the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State, which is a core FaceAge partner. She serves as an important link between campus and community to facilitate research and community engagement. She also teaches courses which offer undergraduate students the opportunity to gain, reflect on, and process experience working in community organizations that serve youth, adults, and older adults. She, along with community partners, host the Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series to translate science into practical everyday use to promote health aging.

Lorek began her career as a museum educator and interpreter. Using her master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, she worked in historical museums for many years. Her museum work centered on using museums as forums for engaging community conversations about important current issues. She has worked extensively as a professional facilitator and community builder in non-profit, corporate, and government contexts including as training instructor with the National Park Service. Her work was recognized with the Crystal Owl Team Award for Training and Development Excellence at the National Park Service and the Garrett G. Eppley Fellowship at Indiana University.

Lorek’s research focuses on the psychological and sociological processes related to successful, healthy aging. She is especially interested in leisure behaviors which facilitate improved health and well-being. 

DAVE MONAHAN  Co-Director & Lead Editor

Co-Director & Lead Editor

DAVE MONAHAN is the department chair of Film Studies at the University of NC Wilmington. He teaches screenwriting, editing, and film production. Before joining the UNCW faculty, he taught at Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, and New York University's graduate film program.

The short films Monahan has written, directed, and/or edited have screened at over 70 juried film festivals, and have been featured in a touring programs, showcases, and broadcast venues. The awards his films have earned include New York regional finalist for the Student Academy Award, the New Line Cinema award for most original film, the Chicago International Film Festival Silver Plaque, and the Seattle International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for animated short.

Monahan is the co-author of Looking At Movies, an introductory textbook published by W.W. Norton & Company. In addition to his contributions to the text, he has created over 100 tutorial films and video modules illustrating cinematic concepts and techniques available to readers online and in an interactive ebook edition. Looking At Movies is taught at over 300 colleges and universities in North America and the United Kingdom.

CODY GODDARD  Editor, Installation Technical Director

Editor, Installation Technical Director

CODY GODDARD is a multimedia specialist working in the College of Arts & Architecture at Penn State. He creates short films about research and education in the college, designs educational materials for online courses, and consults with units across the university to improve educational media production at Penn State. 

NATE DANIEL  Encounter Filming Co-Director, Colorist

Encounter Filming Co-Director, Colorist

NATE DANIEL has worked as an editor and post-production supervisor at Legion Productions, a company producing non-fiction content for clients and distributors that included Discovery, HBO, and Warner Home Video.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies, he served as a broadcast media specialist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a camera operator for NBC's Peacock productions, and as a freelance director and videographer on documentary, and commercial projects. His work as a director includes the television reality series Modern Sniper, the narrative short The Low Road,and the feature documentary Bound By Sea.



AARON CAVAZOS is an editor, graphic designer, computer playback specialist, animator, visual artist, VJ, and musician, among other things.  He began his career as a DVD and Blu-ray Producer for AnimEigo, the oldest surviving anime distributor in North America, where he designed and produced eighteen retail discs.  He worked in various post production roles at Legion Productions before joining Marvel in the computer and video playback department of Marvel's Iron Man 3, where he was trained by some of the best A/V specialists in the film industry.  Before rejoining Marvel for Ant-Man, he worked in the art department of the CBS TV show Under the Dome for three seasons, where he began as an assistant and by the second season was designing graphics for the show.  He has since designed and programmed computer playback graphics for the Nicholas Sparks film The Choice, as well as ABC's Secrets and Lies, and TNT's Good Behavior.  For the last five years he's been the technical director of the immersive multimedia music video dance party known as Visual/Sound/Walls, a part of the Cucalorus Film Festival.  He currently works as the Broadcast Media Specialist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

CAROLINE MCDERMOTT  Director of Research

Director of Research

CAROLINE MCDERMOTT is a BSN-PhD student in the Penn State College of Nursing, which is a Core FaceAge Partner. Caroline’s primary research interests revolve around older adults and aging. Specifically, she is interested in the implementation of age-friendly environments and designing alternative long-term care environments for older adults. Caroline is involved with various research projects at Penn State including the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, ReMind study, and the READI (Researching Efficient Approaches to Delirium Identification) study. Caroline looks forward to being a part of the Face.Age team and researching the impact of this innovative intervention as a way in which transdisciplinary arts and health research can be extended into the community and ultimately, promote public engagement.

WILLIAM DOAN  Story Circle Leader

Story Circle Leader

WILLIAM J. DOAN holds a BA in Theatre and Communication, an MFA in Directing, and a Ph.D. in American Studies. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, Doan has co-authored three books, Prophets, Performance and PowerTwice Used Songs: Performance Criticism of the Songs of Ancient Israel, and The Story of Naomi/The Book of Ruth: Gender to Politics. As a playwright, he has had two works premiere at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and his play, Bud’s Last Prayer, was selected by the Mizzou New Play Series for a spring 2010 workshop production. Doan has also created and performed four solo performance projects at a variety of venues across the U.S. His current work, which investigates brain injury, consciousness, and identity includes a new play, Drifting, which received a workshop at Dixon Place Theatre in New York, March 2015, a short graphic narrative in the Annals of Internal Medicine titled She Never Woke Up, and a graphic novel in development for the Penn State Press Graphic Medicine series. He is a Professor of Theatre and Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and the immediate past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.